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Scientist senses success with honours award


An environmental scientist and Wolverhampton Polytechnic graduate has been awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Wolverhampton.

Peter Churchill is an environmental scientist who has worked in academia, industry and public service. He graduated in Humanities at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1977 and went onto to obtain postgraduate qualifications from the National College of Agricultural Engineering, Cranfield University.

He spent four years investigating the use of remote sensing for forest monitoring at Cranfield University, followed by four years as a natural resources consultant in industry. For 29 years, he worked for the European Commission’s Directorate General Joint Research Centre (JRC), as a scientist in Italy working on remote sensing and environmental issues, and as a manager of a range of scientific and administrative units.

Peter said: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be receiving this Honorary Degree. The University of Wolverhampton provided me with not only the academic basis for my career, but also with the lesson that it’s not what you’ve got, but what you do with it that matters. This mantra has provided the drive that has underpinned my career.”

At the JRC, he chaired a number of G7 / G8 technical committees on the use of remote sensing data. He ended his career at the JRC as advisor for scientific development to JRC’s director general, in Brussels. He retired from the Commission in August 2016, and since September 2016 has been an Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham.

The University of Wolverhampton awards honorary degrees to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise.

Graduation takes place at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, from Friday 15 September to Friday, 22 September 2017.

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